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  1. Santiago -- to echo all of the others - I am very very impressed. Nicely photographed. I have one question though -- I'm planning on a Hotspur Mk I to be adapted from the Ark Models Hotspur Mk II (ex Frog/Novo I believe) and have searched high and low for plans of the Mk I - finding only a plan view (from below) silhouette in Scale Models International Feb '88 issue, pg. 88. Were you able to come up with something better? Like top or side views of the Mk I? (I'm presuming there are no after market parts for the Mk I -- I certainly looked through many Google results without success) Eric
  2. I laughed when I read this -- those Pathe News readers certainly had 'the voice'
  3. I recently finished a 'Study in Eight Beaverettes' by sampling the models available from various manufacturers. I placed them all in a diorama as if being inspected by Lord Beaverbrook himself. Models were: Beaverette Mk I Bull Models Frontline Wargaming Beaverette Mk III Firing Line Extratech Lead Sled Gramodel Sgt's Mess Frontline Wargaming I wasn't able to get my hands on a Matador Models Mk III. Full narrative of the build and comparison of each kit can be found on my blog: A fun project of a vehicle (the Mk III especially) that had a certain sort of visual appeal to my se
  4. My comparison of kits to plans can be found here (I looked at Mk I/II as well as Mk III)
  5. Joachim - just click on the picture and you'll go straight to Flickr where the full size photos reside
  6. Modelglue - I looked up in Bowyer's 'Aircraft for the Royal Air Force' and here is what he had to say about Coastal Command: "Details of the fleet as on 13 September 1942 are as follows: ... With Coastal Command: P1409 (279 Squadron), P1431 (Coastal Command Development Unit, Tain) ... " This was during the trials phase when the Air Ministry was trying to figure out what to do with the Albemarle Mk I. Bowyers goes on "Apart from an acceptable layout, Coastal Command had no time for the aircraft, and were particularly against it for its poor single-engined performance." Torpedo handl
  7. After four years of construction ups and downs in fits and starts, I recently completed the Valom 1/72 Albemarle Mk I. Originally, I was only going to do one for my wife's uncle, who actually worked in the factory where the plane was assembled. However, as mistakes were made and then corrected (usually), I decided I could learn from the experience and quickly build a second Albemarle for my own shelf. 'Quickly' it was not and the second build had its own set of issues. The whole experience was blogged (after-the-fact, from notes and work-in-progress photos). If you don't want to read the fu
  8. Rémi -- Your pictures were a great source of inspiration for my own build. Albemarle Mk I 036 Port Rear Closeup by cropredy-sfdc, on Flickr I blogged the whole build history (after the fact) where I suspect you will be reminded of some of your own construction challenges.
  9. Rémi - Terrific work and a source of much inspiration for my own Albemarle build - complete build history here.
  10. ah, perfect - thank you. BTW - are they down for safety reasons? One less thing to errantly crash into?
  11. Hi -- Building HMS Illustrious (Heller 1/400 + WEM PE) at time of Taranto (Nov 1940) I've seen photos of the Illustrious at sea/at port with the hinged W/T masts all up, or all down. If I were modeling the Illustrious when it was launching Swordfish - would the masts be up or down? I can appreciate how the task force might not be transmitting to maintain secrecy but were the towers 'up' in order to receive commo from, say Alexandria? Thanks
  12. Thank you everyone -- I like the idea of white w/ black aircraft letter -- appeals to my sense of aesthetic composition
  13. I was wondering if anyone knew what colors to paint the wheel chocks as might be seen on an RAF Bomber airfield in 1942-43? In my case, I'm doing a diorama of the lamented Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle for my uncle-in-law who built the plane during the war. The chocks are the ones from Flightpath - RAF/USAAF Airfield dispersal set (1/72) The chock design shows what appear to be slats running horizontally on the angled surfaces that would go against the tire. Thanks!
  14. cropredy

    WW2 British Bombs

    I've built the Flightpath 1/72 250lb and 500lb bomb kits (and trolleys) -- plan on a good bit of time to get these right. It was tricky to get the 4 PE fins perfectly aligned on the white metal body and then roll a PE flat into a cylinder to slide over the four fins. If the fins are spread at the wrong angle, the cylinder either won't slide on at all or will sit cockeyed on < 4 of the fins. If you don't roll the cylinder perfectly, the diameter is too small or too large. I knocked off my fins multiple times. Because the fins are PE attached to white metal, don't expect to hold the bomb
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